Hopes that young Guy Cronje might emerge as the front-runner for the Sharks number 10 jersey this Currie Cup season seem to be fading fast, with the young player still a month away from being able to take full part in training, following off-season surgery.
Perhaps more concerning, though, is the fact that the former Michaelhouse star has been named in the Under 21 squad, rather than the full-blown Currie Cup training group. His brother Ross is training with the seniors and will no doubt provide cover at scrumhalf at some stage during the course of the campaign, but it is surprising to me that Guy, deemed good enough to play Currie Cup rugby last year, seems set to miss out a year later.
Perhaps it’s a sensible decision, given that he’s been out of rugby for a long time and making his comeback via the Under 21 competition could be good for his confidence. Then again, the Sharks are still stuck without a regular flyhalf for the competition, unless Pat Lambie is the man who will be handed that responsibility. No further information has been forthcoming as to whether Andre Pretorius has come through his fitness tests unscathed, while Monty Dumond – always a good option at Currie Cup level – appears to lack the backing of the coaching staff.
In something of a surprising twist, though, two real youngsters have been training with the senior squad and may possibly stake a claim for Currie Cup game time this year. Jaco van Tonder and Piet Lindeque are both players who were snapped up by the Sharks after impressing at Craven Week in the last few years. The former is a flyhalf from Outeniqua in SWD, whilst the latter played outside centre for Grey Kollege and Free State for two years and represented SA Schools last year.Tweet